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'''Ava Lavinia Gardner''' (December 24, 1922 – January 25, 1990) was an American actress. She was signed to a contract by MGM Studios in 1941 and appeared mainly in small roles until she drew attention with her performance in ''The Killers (1946 film)|The Killers'' (1946). She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her work in ''Mogambo'' (1953). She appeared in several high-profile films from the 1950s to 1970s, including ''The Hucksters'' (1947), ''Show Boat (1951 film)|Show Boat'' (1951), ''The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952 film)|The Snows of Kilimanjaro'' (1952), ''The Barefoot Contessa'' (1954), ''Bhowani Junction (film)|Bhowani Junction'' (1956), ''On the Beach (1959 film)|On the Beach'' (1959), ''Seven Days in May'' (1964), ''The Night of the Iguana (film)|The Night of the Iguana'' (1964), ''The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean'' (1972), ''Earthquake...
Birth nameAva Lavinia Gardner
Birth date{{birth date|1922|12|24|mf=yes}}
Birth placeSmithfield, North Carolina, U.S.
Death date{{death date and age|1990|01|25|1922|12|24|mf=yes}}
Death placeWestminster, London, England, UK
Death causePneumonia
Resting placeSunset Memorial Park, Smithfield, North Carolina
ResidenceEnnismore Gardens
EducationRock Ridge High School
Alma materBarton College|Atlantic Christian College